I watched a special on army snipers today while it was cold and snowy and had a few topics I would like more info on if anybody knows. First, how long are other countries sniper schools? According to the show, ours (US)is only 5 or 6 weeks. This seems very short to absorb all the valuable training and knowledge. Second, the guys taking the class in the show didn't seem to get any detailed training on ballistics. In fact, most of the guys interviewed seemed like they were still in the "oblivious" mode when it came to knowing even what caliber they were training with. They just didn't seem "into it" like most of us on this forum. Does anyone know what extent the snipers are trained in ballistics? Next, the issued weapon for the sniper was called an M24. It is just a military designation for the Rem m700. It appeared to have a custom synthetic stock on it with custom teflon camo job. Are these rifles accurized and if so, who does the 'smithing? Custom barrels? Next, are they using tailored 308 ammo for each specific rifle or are they just firing factory ammo or military factory ammo? If it is custom ammo, who loads it? Finally, what is the percentage of 338 lapuas, 300 win mags, and 50 bmgs among the 308's? Lately, if you see a sniper in the news, he is shooting a 50 insead of the 308.