It may not sound like an accomplishment, but my Rogue friend and I just got above 1650! Disregarding the OP Ret Paladins, I feel as though Hunter's are better off in the Arena than what they were before the 3.0.2 patch. We still have a way's to go, but we are getting better.
It took us two big run ups to get past 1650. This time however, we did vs some Ret Pally teams, and actually won half of the time (some of those Paladins were absolutely terrible, most of the good ones are probbly above 2k by now).
We versed a Warrior Warrior team and got 24 points (were very good against melee teams). And then we versed a couple different Warrior Druid teams and got some good points to get us past 1650. To defeat the Warrior Druid teams we blew up the Warrior and my Rogue would blind Druid at a crucial point and then stun him up and I was left alone to finish the Warrior. With our burst we were able to down the Warrior decently easy, in about 15-20 seconds, and our gear isn't that great yet (burst is very high since patch).
When 3.0.3 goes live, I expect Hunter's to be in a better position (given the buffs to Hunter's and nerfs to Paladins). I would expect to be able to get into the 1700's after the patch. We will still be rather weak vs casters, which is unfortunate but with a Rogue, it is definitely not impossible to beat a good caster team.
Well, back to the honor grind for my new Guardian's Band of Triumph.