Possibly the most talked about rifle at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas earlier this month was the first .300 Win Mag ever featured on an AR platform.
The Nemo Omen Match 2.0 is a military-grade AR that shoots a heavy bullet chambered in .300 Win Mag.
Lone Star Outdoor News’ Founder David J. Sams, along with friend Jason Phillips from Owens Outdoor Sales in Boerne, had fun with a prototype of the gun earlier this week in South Texas.
The pair sat back and watched deer feeding down a sendero between 300 and 400 yards away.
“I took a 342-yard shot and watched the 180-grain Fiocchi bullet go right over the deer’s back,” Sams said. “I lowered the point of aim and shot again in less than one second. The deer dropped in his tracks.”
Sams said he knew of the controversy that surrounds hunting with modern sporting rifles as opposed to the traditional bolt-action rifles, and he didn’t want to form an opinion until he had experienced it for himself.
“I like to experience new types of hunting,” he said, “so when a controversy arises, I can always fall back on my personal experiences. These rifles can be looked down upon by traditional hunters, but until you try one, how do you know? I don’t think I will buy one to add to my personal hunting gun collection, but I really enjoyed shooting the rifle at the range and in the field.
“It looks like a sniper rifle, and we felt like snipers shooting multiple deer at long range with this gun.”
Sams said the rifle had a 2-stage trigger, which took some getting used to at the range before heading afield.
“It had a very low recoil,” he said. “I could look through the Nikon Monarch 3 4-16×50 BDC Scope during each shot and not lose sight of the deer. It is very loud because of the muzzle break, but we were wearing ear protection like always. As a hunter, I had to get used to the Geissele 2-stage trigger.”
Sams said he didn’t mind the weight of the gun — 10.9 pounds — and said it came in handy when steadying the gun in the blind with a solid rest and helped with recoil. The 22-inch barrel was also a little unwieldy in the blind.
However, the smooth action of the gun impressed Sams.
“Shooting most ARs, you can feel the slide coming back in between shots,” he said. “I had no feeling of that with this rifle. It was very smooth to shoot.”
Sams still has not shot a deer with a black gun. This model has a camouflage action that makes it perfect for the South Texas brush.
OMEN // Match 2.0
7075 Billet Aluminum Machined Receivers with
Custom Tiger Stripe Hard Anodize Finish
22” .300 Win Mag Fluted 416 Stainless Steel
Barrel with Nitride Finish with 1:8 Twist
Nickel Boron Barrel Extension and Feed Ramp
Nickel Boron Bolt Carrier Group with Recoil Reduction System
Billet Machined High-strength Steel Side Charge Handle
Nickel Boron Bolt Release
Geissele SSA-E 2-stage Trigger
MAKO Adjustable SSR-25 Sniper Stock, Black
Hogue Overmolded Pistol Grip, Black
NEMO Integrated Free Floated Customizable
Handguard with Hard Black Anodize Finish
2 Detachable Handguard Accessory Rails with Built-in QD mounts
NEMO Adjustable Gas Block
NEMO A-10 Muzzle Brake with Nitride Finish
2 NEMO 14 Round Polymer Magazines
Custom Drag Bag
Weight: 10.9 pounds