You guys are too uptight about the misuse of words. if one would have simply over-looked the fact to begin with this thread would be full of.... 2 useful posts to the OP.
yes there's a difference between a sniper and long distance shooting, bench rest or no. by the questions asked in the original post it was plainly obvious he wasn't talking about camoflouge fundamentals, cover and concealment, stealth, silence, approach and departure towards a target, using environments to your advantage, ect.
now if the thread could possibly continue with it's original intent, the discussion of long range shooting and the factors and equations involved in solving for said factors.
for example did you know the Navy was at one point effectively putting bullets down ranges of over 24 nautical miles? effective kills from over the horizon, now THATS sniping, :P