It isn't a soft spot, it is superior taste!
I have had a lot of nice .22s come and go as I collect them. I had a NIB Winchester Model 62A that I sold because, well, it was NIB and I didn't have the haert to shoot it. I had a Remington N.R.A. 34 Target that was LNIB with the correct 1930s Unertl. GREAT trigger. Hell, even my WWII CMP Mossberg 44US will cut a ragged hole at 50 yards with open sights. Did you know that the 44US has a lead lapped barrel? To get that anymore, you have to go to a custom shop grade rifle from Remington.
Sadly I sold off a lot of my .22s to pay for other stuff. I still have a 1950 Marlin 39A Mountie, a first year 10/22, a 44US, and some others. The only modern .22s I like as much are the offerings from CZ and Anschutz. They don't make em like they used to!