In my younger days it was all iron sights, and I was shooting on average over 250 rounds per week for years. Plus lots of squirrel, rabbit, hunting.
Nowaday's it has a good variable scope on it, and it doesn't get shot as much. But every time I ask it to, it stands up and delivers.
Easy to care for, easy to learn to shoot, this is a solid, proven performer.
You need to supply the brains. If your going whap-- whap-- whap---whap--- whap as fast as you can for 10 minutes, your burning out your barrel. Slow down, make each shot count, give the barrel a chance to cool a little, then send the next one. With a reasonable amount of caution, and care your Ruger can last you a lifetime too. But you harvest what you sow. You burn that barrel out and in a couple of years you could be looking at a barrel change job at a gunsmith.
It is all up to you, but the gun itself is legendary. It is a time tested, proven design that with proper care and handling will last you a lifetime. There is a whole world of aftermarket mods, stocks, improvements etc out there to experiment with.
Of the guys I know that shoot .22 any amount, everyone has shot one, most own one, most have 3-4 story's about them.
Great gun, great shooter, great teacher, in part because it forces you to think about consequences.
In 40 years of use I think mine has fired once when I did not mean it to, and that one was my fault. I'd over oiled the action and the morning of our hunt it turned out to be -30 degrees below zero. Put the clip in, pulled the action back, released it and it went BANG. Too much oil and too cold froze the firing pin in the forward position Causing it to fire the weapon. Good lesson there, in cold weather, clean, oil, and wipe dry! Then reassemble.