Unless one plans on never shooting the thing, the difference in price between "cheap guns" and "expensive guns" is nil. Just shooting 1000 rounds is going to cost maybe 300 absolute minimum, maybe 1000 or more max. That's for non .22 ammo. And that's not trying to figure in current "buy scare" prices or what they might be like in the future. At that price, saving 200-300 dollars buying a Rossi or something instead of a Smith/Ruger or whatever, is a lot less of a difference.
But, of course, you should ALWAYS buy what makes you feel comfortable, regardless of initial price. The life of a gun is LONG. The difference in initial cost amortizes quickly.
Sgt Lumpy - n0eq