I've been wanting a falling block .22lr for what feels like forever. The big hang-up has been that until just recently I was only ever aware of the Uberti, which seems to run around $800 to $1000, or the Winchester which goes for more.
Just recently I became aware of the Steven's Favorite and what seems to be the next step up, the Varner. Both of these are between 1/3 to 1/2 of the price of an Uberti or Winchester. However, I haven't been able to get my hands on any of these. I don't usually like ordering a gun sight-unseen (though I've done it).
My plans for this .22 would be heavy use - not just plinking (though lots of that), but .22 silhouette, hunting, etc. I want it to be ACCURATE. I also really like a rifle to have a little heft to it and to feel substantial. Even though the Stevens is obviously much more affordable, it has the appearance of being somewhat insubstantial. I'm also concerned about some reviews I've read that point to soft parts, rough internal workings, a really heavy trigger, etc.
So, can anyone lay out a rationale for why one of these would be a better choice, keeping not only production quality but price in mind?