Well not so much handling them but owning them. Im looking to get my first rifle and hand gun for a hunting trip i have planned with my buddy and our parents. Preferably a Bolt action .308 and a handgun to go with it ether a .40 S&W or a .45 ACP. Any ideas?
It depends on what the purpose of the hand gun is.
The .308 is a good rifle. The major brands are all good. Make sure you know what scope you need and be prepared to mount THAT scope properly. What kind of territory you will be hunting in is going to matter.
Make sure you acquire the rifle with ample time to practice with it and to KNOW how to use it at various ranges. This is not something you can do in a week no matter what you do.