I recently bought my grandson a Savage 64 and my son a Marlin 60. While both shoot very accurately and feel well built I have to say that I prefer the Marlin overall. I like it's bolt hold open, more ergonomic safety placement and lack of a magazine to keep track of.
The Savage magazine that at first glance appears indestructible is in fact just cast metal and the feed lips WILL wear out eventually. Big5 has them and with one of their email coupons I bought several extras for about $15 each. The included scope is really just a $5 piece of junk and should be discarded. You can get a Simmons 3x9x32 from Big5 on sale for around $30 (works well on the Marlin as well).
Either rifle will provide YEARS of service though. Another plus is that with their lower price ($150 on sale) you can get a rifle, a scope and a brick of ammo for the same price as just a 10/22.