I’ve seen this a fair bit lately: hunters with double (and even triple!) the hit rating needed to never miss a raid boss. How did they get there? What can you do to avoid getting there, and how can they get out?
How did they get there
It’s tempting to look at a drop you can put your hands on, and if the iLvl is higher, just take it and assume things will work out. When you’re rocking a naxx 2 hander, and you’re a little over hit cap but you see the twisted visage drop, it’s easy to assume that the wasted itemization in that hit rating will be compensated for by the other good stats. Sometimes this is true (notice that I’m almost 30 hit rating over my cap from a new bow) but sometimes it’s not.
What can you do to avoid this?
First up, prioritize your upgrades to try and reduce the amount of hit you get. If you’re over hit cap, even haste is itemization better spent than hit rating.
In general, when deciding whether to roll on (or buy) an upgrade, always be aware of how much hit it gives you. If you are in a place where you are gemming or enchanting hit, you can change those gems or enchants to agility or AP and use the new hit rating from gear that way, but if you’re at or over the cap without gems or enchants, check whether the upgrade is really an upgrade. Run your new gear through femaledwarf.com or the DPS spreadsheet from elitistjerks.com, and only take the upgrade if the upgraded stats make up for itemization wasted on hit.
How to get out of the hit trap!
If you are rocking a trinket or melee weapon with loads of hit, see how hard it would be to replace it with something that has a different stat. This is much easier to accomplish for your melee weapon than your trinkets, though. Trinkets are a fairly low drop rate and everyone needs them. Still, if you are way over hit cap, you can, for example, farm the needle encrusted scorpion from 5 mans, and even though the uptime on the proc is abysmal, you will be trading the passive hit rating on your existing trinket for crit on the scorpion.
In the long run, however, if you are raiding ICC, your problem will go away if you just pick your upgrades more choosily. A lot of our gear is itemized with the magic three stats we get the most from: crit, AP, and ArP. Aside from being patient and choosing future upgrades intelligently, you could also see if there is some recently discarded gear sitting in your bank that, while slightly less stats overall, has a combination of stats that doesn’t include hit. Then see whether it’s more DPS than what you’re currently wearing.