I shot an S stocked 1903 for the first time at a match and learned a few things at the school of hard knocks.
The conditions of the 200 yard event on SR targets were very bright sun at 11:00, targets in the shade, winds gusting from several directions up to 25mph. I'd loaded 155 grain nosler custom competition with 46.5 grains IMR 4895 with Winchester cases and primers.
1) Forgot sight black- - major glare
2) New Ray-vin sight mike - - Awesome tool! Trying to mess with elevation with a dial caliper in a match is too much hassle. I was able to dial in the x ring with my sighters.
3) Load too slow - - Had to elevate to 500 yard setting and glare shown above and below the peep. Concentrated through the glare at the front sight and shot 97-2x! Later I found I shot the spotter three shots in a row so the rifle can hold a 3" circle at 200, good to know!
4) Rapid fire I couldn't see. Eye fatigue and the glare combined to produce in my mind a golden ring of glare where the the rear aperture should be. I let the position take over and shot a 33. Good group, natural point of aim off! In hindsight had I realized the peep was set on 500 yards I may have done better just to fold down the leaf and use the battle sight.
5) Don't quit - - After my dismal score I blew off standing and shot a 77. I was tired of the glare and the wind blowing me and the rifle around and had a miss in the string.
I wound up with a 207 which really looks bad compared to the winning 270 score I shot with my Garand earlier that day!
I'm going to soot up my sights like a charcoal briquet before the next match and see what that does with the glare, I hate ranges that face the South. If that doesn't work I'll try a Bill Bentz Marine rear aperture and maybe front sight.