Originally Posted by nemesis
........ When you participate you do so in your allocated grade so you shoot amongst others of same ability .........
When you shot SFT then you were competing against others using low-powered scopes, estimating range and using aim points. You were still up against some blooming good shooters who might be a level (or several!) above your own skills but like all fair competition it was a spur to practise and improve.
Although we can still take part shooting SFT style, we will now be competing against others in our grade using high-powered scopes and dialling.
If moving to that style of scope and shooting technique did not confer an advantage then it would never have taken off in the first place and we would all still be estimating distance and using low-powered scopes like in the early days of FT.