Finished another carbine competition about two weeks ago. Scored well on 200 yard movers and stationary drills. Scored second place with my primary rifle. CompM4 and deployed backups on my 20 inch rifle. It was the only rifle on the firing line. The technique I have touched upon for handling targets at a distance with the red dot worked beautifully. Engaging the targets through the irons and optics with the red dot gave me a laser sharp speck and permitted me exceptional precision at the 200Y moving targets.
The night before I tightened all my attachments, made sure to mark my zero (a 50 yard zero for both irons and optic), and I didn’t touch anything. It is not possible to quantify your ability while constantly changing gear and equipment. Keep your rifle stock and improve your capabilities and skills. Analyze the details of your failures and isolate the problem. Work on correcting your mistakes. It doesn’t take thousands of rounds to improve a deficit since most bad habits can be corrected at home with dry fire practice or weapon handling. Im no national competitor, but what i have learned is that fine tuning of your weapon and your own marksmanship will put you ahead of most other shooters on the firing line.
One I first got my rifle I was attempting to engage some small 200 yard swingers with irons. The guys on the line had some nice equipment… a SCAR and a RFB with variable optics on both. They saw me trying to hit the swingers and commented that those are really too difficult to hit with irons. At the time they were and I couldn’t get on them. Today they are child’s play. Practice. Tune your skills and tune your zero. Nothing else. Watch yourself excel as everyone else who treats their rifle like a dress up man doll fails to keep your pace.