I think Santa's gonna bring him a .22 this Christmas.
I know the 10/22 is the standard, but my 11-yr-old has been shooting my Remington Speedmaster (semi-auto), and has decided that he'd prefer a bolt-action over semi-auto. He also wants it to be able to handle 22, 22lr and shorts. He also wants a synthetic black stock.
At the moment, I've been eyeballing Marlin's new XT22TR. It worries me a little that it's a new release, but the design is age-old.
What else should I be looking at?