Ray - I still have the Redfield Olympic sights for my Model 52 Winchester that I used in High School. The rifle has Redfield Smallbore International sights now, that I replaced them with after getting out of the Army, thinking I might compete in small bore again. Never could find a range to do it at that I could get to without a car, so I have only bench-shot my 52 about once every ten years for nostalgia. I still have all my “kit” for it I used in high school except my jacket, which I could not even squeeze an arm into now (I am twice the man I was then - literally!) and my glove, which I gave one day to a young shooter at our club. I was using it with an M1 and he was practicing small bore, but didn’t have a glove - couldn’t afford it. How I knew that when I was a young shooter. I didn’t really need it so I gave it to him. Was a tiny bit big for him, but not enough he wouldn’t grow into it within a year. His dad was very grateful, but it was a nothing thing. I was using it shooting the M1 with a sling from the bench, but with the rifle unsupportedd. Don’t need a glove for that.
Hard to believe that my smallbore competition days were over 50 years ago now. I wasn’t very good, by the way. I made the team, but was usually low score on our Team. Never could master kneeling position, and it destroyed my scores.
I will make this ammo related instead of just a gabby old man’s reminiscences. We were often issued Monarch Brand .22 ammo at the cclub and in high school ROTC where I competed, and it was pretty poor ammo. The team finally chipped in for a rim-thickness gauge, as we had lots of rounds that had such over-sized rims we couldn’t close the bolts on them. In closing the bolt on one I had a “safe” AD downrange at a match and the other team coach demanded It count as my shot, until we showed him that the fired case had no firing pin mark on it. The bolt face actually squeezed off the priming compound as I closed the bolt. Scary! That’s when we bought the gauge, and check all the ammo before we went to the match.
When we could afford it, we used Winchester Match ammo. A box would last for two matches, and I could afford a box about every six matches.
About that .303, my meaning was that it would not have been required use for all the shooters of ALL NATIONS at the Olympics - they couldn’t do that! It could have been required for the British shooters by their own committee. I understand that. Poor wording on my part. Ray is correct!