Oh, i agree half those are more than worth the points- in fact I suggest going down to moral shots in MM, give you hunters mark and aimed shot.
A lot has changed since beta and BM has replaced MM as the dps tree for one reason- Serpent Swiftness. These are the most powerful 5 points in any tree of any class in the game. I know that sounds extreme, but 20% increased attack speed to both you and your pet is so OP its not even funny. That is an insane amount of haste from talents. It is a common misconception that most of a BM hunters damage comes from their pet. I can out dps any MM with like gear even if we have pets put away.
Before Guenever respeced, she had more attack power and a higher chance to crit than Tag. He tore her damage up raid after raid. This is because even if his shots didn't hit as hard or crit as often, he was putting 20% more shots into bosses than she was. The added dps from his pet was just icing on the cake.
I hear the "I have always been MM" a lot. Pre BC it was king and before the nerfed aimed shot and changed the way agility was calculated - yes- MM rocked. I was MM for a long time. But with the changes that have been made you are simply trading a significant amount of damage for silencing shot and scatter shot. The talents that increase attack power or damage in any other way are null and void because they don't hold a candle (even all added together) to serpent swiftness.
Tag was like this. He was MM pre bc, leveled to 70 MM and started raiding MM. I started asking him if he had considered BM and he eventually gave it a shot. He is now a hard core BM hunter and leads damage meters quite often.
I agree silencing shot is a sacrifice you will have to take, but you can easily use intimidation off your pet instead of scatter shot a lot of the time, so you are basically only giving up one move for much, much higher damage and an easier shot rotation. Because of the speed difference, your shot rotation is just steady shot, auto shot over and over.
A lot of people want to hold on to there MM spec for better or worse, till death do you part. If you just can't give it up, so be it - there are things I do in game just because I want to, not because they make sense - so I understand. I just try to be the BM advocate and make sure other hunters understand that, mathematically, they can NEVER do as well speced MM as they would BM.
I would give BM a shot if I were you. It will take a week or so to get used to the changes, but most people see the improvement right away.