You can buy conversion kits and use the same upper. Kit replaces the bolt and mags. Not an ideal twist rate for .22lr but it works.
I saw one of the conversion kits today with three mags for $159.99 shipped. It was surprising that the same barrel could be used. It is definitely something I am interested in doing, since 22 LR ammo is so cheap to shoot.
I have a Burris RT-6, 1-6x24mm scope ordered and an extended Aero Precision Ultralight scope mount also coming next week. I got a lot of help from some of the members here, and spent a lot of hours doing researching some of the scopes that were suggested before deciding on the Burris scope. I got a great deal on the scope and the mount. Hopefully, I will get it mounted soon, and finally be able to try my new rifle out at the range in the near future.
I had been procrastinating getting a brake job on my SUV, and finally got around to getting it done last week. Unfortunately, I found out that it is going to need some additional costly repairs ASAP, so I am going to have to tighten the belt for a few weeks.