I think you guys are getting confused between a military speced firearm, a civilian hunting rifle", and a sniper rifle. It goes way more technical then this, but to sum it up..A military speced firearm has less tight tolerances then a civilian counter part. Eg a military speced browning hi-power will have more slop in the rail then a civilian hi-power. The reason for this is dirt. If the rails were a tighter tolerance, jamming would be more fequent. The ross rifle suffered from that. I believe the tolerances were too tight and the bolts jammed in really dirt conditions. In a military firearm it's a trade off..Accuracy vs reliability in dirty conditions. (a tight crisp action or a sloppy one). You wouldn't want to take a "race gun" into theater. It would jam up pretty quick.
All a sniper rifle is is a semi-accurized civilian rifle with a stock that is less susceptible to warping and swelling then a wood stock or a cheap synthetic stock. i say semi because most high end custom made hunting rifles, would kick the "accuracy A$$ of any military sniper rifle. Usually all that gets done to a mil spec sniper rifle, is a refined trigger. Unless you're able to catch a weapons tech blowing a goat, then you can get more done.
When i was in the CF i didn't see much difference between the C3 sniper rifle and my stock parker hale. Except the C3 had a better stock.
LOL..You guys want to hear about a "Tactical Sniper Rifle"..The Canadain military is thinking or they may have now..taken a bunch of lee enfields and rebarreled them to 7.62 and installed a fiber stock. They will give these to the canadian rangers. A lee enfield sniper rifle in 2005..WOW...(LOL) It would be more cost effective and a smarter move just to give them remington custom shop 700 BDL's in 308. Probably shoot better too...
I think tactical is over used now..People love the word and it sells product..I have trouble justifing the extra cost of a "tactical" rifle vs a decent quality hunting rifle with a good quality synthetic stock. I'm waiting for a tactical muzzle loader to come out..Perhaps a savage 10ML -II with a Mcmillan "tactical" stock, harris bi pod and a leupold tac-vx III with illum mil dot rect. Convince some 3rd world police or military to buy it and i'm sure you will have good sales in north america.. I can see the ad now.."Used by ivory coast special forces snipers..The new Savage tactical 10ML-II muzzel loader..."