I feel much the same way. I regard the ‘fanboying’ of the .300BLK much in the same way as that of the 5.7x28mm…it’s a very specialized cartridge, designed for a specialized role in conjunction with specialized equipment. As a general-purpose cartridge, it is overpriced underpowered and surpassed by many other cheaper more versatile loadings. The 6.8SPC is a far superior loading for non-suppressed hunting, target, and antipersonnel usage.
The gobs of folks employing it without a suppressor are missing the point. I am in the process of building a .300BLK upper, but I’m acutely aware of the cartridge’s limitations and purpose. I’ll be using it for short-range hunting and target shooting mostly; the supersonic loads (Rem 125gr!) look great in tests, and for the 50-75yd shot it’ll be a lower signature load than the other centerfire hunting rifles I own (I’m not an ‘operator’, just a grunt cop who has never liked recoil/flash/blast), and will operate much more reliably than the 7.62x39mm AR-pattern rifles I’ve used.
I suppose that the glow-tips could be used for cartridge ID in low/no-light…but this can and has been done for a long while by using different magazines, tactile sensation are noted earlier, or load-out/placement of ammo/mags on personal gear. I believe the ‘loaded rounds’ verbage may refer to rounds loaded in a magazine or chamber?
Either way they look cool, and that’s half the battle in selling gobs of ammo to less knowledgeable folks, which is a foundation of modern commerce. Secret-squirrels use it? Must have! Weird color/shape/profile? Must have! The text ‘stealthy-smooth’ is almost as good as “guaranteed one-shot stop”.
I still beg and plead with Nosler to make/load a .223 AccuBond in the 62-75gr range. I believe that’d be the best of all possible worlds for my use of the AR at work…barrier-blind, no exposed lead at the tip, better accuracy than TBBCs…