Well, solid stainless, actually! My very 1st Marlin - I was raised on Ruger 10/22's. Very accurate, not a single jam or misfeed with bulk ammo. Stainless on Birch stock looks great. I like the lock-open on last round feature.
I still love the 10/22, but this is an excellent .22 rifle to buy also.
Helpful advice: I couldn't find an allen wrench to fit the take-down screws. I called Marlin & they said it's 9/64" hex key.
Lifelong 10/22 fan from