Does your rifle’s stock more closely resemble drift wood than walnut? Is your shotgun looking “battle worn” after lending it to someone? While most people make their best efforts to maintain their firearms there is always inevitable wear, tear and aging that occurs. For that reason, aftermarket stocks can be found for nearly all firearms. Whether they are a classical reproduction of the original or something more modern, there are many companies that tailor to that segment and need of the shooting market. Today, we will examine one company that has carved out a foothold in this area by reviewing the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock for the Remington 870.
If you are familiar with Boyd’s and their gun stocks, you already know that they fabricate affordable and functional stocks that can fit nearly every firearm under the sun. One of their newest and most adjustable stocks ever is the At-One Adjustable Gun Stock. My personal long gun collection is very small. Mainly comprising of a few M1 Garands, AR-15s and a few hunting shotguns. So the most logical choice for myself was to outfit one of my Remington 870s I have owned for 20 years and see what happens.
specifications: boyd’s at-one adjustable gun stock
Before we run through my range exploits and assembly of the stock, it is important to assess what we are dealing with. This hardwoods stock has more going on than a traditional replacement stock so there is a fair amount of information to digest. Here is the complete specification listing for the At-One Adjustable Gun Stock as presented by Boyd’s:
- Bring It Buttpad w/ Push Button Adjustment Technology
- Overall Length: 30.25” (Butt Retracted) / 31.75” (Butt Extended)
- Recoil Pad: 1/2” Thick, Over-Molded Rubber
- Length-of-Pull: 12.5” – 14”
- Bring It Comb w/ Push Button Adjustment Technology
- Comb Travel 9/16”
- Interchangeable Grip
- Traditional: Swept Back Pistol Grip Design
- Target: Thicker, more Vertical Grip Designed for Prone Shooting (Sold Separately)
- Interchangeable Forearm
- Traditional: Sleeker and Slender Standard Forearm [1.75” Rear | 1.4375” Front]
- Target: Beaver-Tail Style, a Fat and Flat Design [2” Rear | 1.8125” Front] (Sold Separately)
- Lower Butt Stock Protector
- Guards against Bumps and Bruises
- Sling Stud Adds Extra Utility for Accessories
The Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock also weighs approximately 3 pounds. One important element to note is the forearm of my gun stock for this review versus one you might purchase yourself. I received a shotgun model of the At-One Adjustable Gun Stock so the forearm is simply a hardwood forearm. Current models for rifles will feature the Interchangeable Forearm with a Traditional insert, and a Target insert sold separately.
Aside from all of the features mentioned, you have your pick of 11 different colors in this hardwoods gun stock. The color I thought was the coolest for this review is their Applejack color scheme of red and gray. The complete color list you have to pick from is as follows:
- Zombie Hunter
- Royal Jacaranda
The MSRP for all of these varying colors of the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock are benchmarked at $175 for the butt stock portion and $32 for the forend portion. This allows the customer to buy just one piece or both if they choose. In my opinion, very reasonable for the amount of adjustment and benefits this stock brings to the table. Next, we will walk through the highlights and lowlights of myself installing the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock on my Remington 870 12 Gauge.
installation: boyd’s at-one adjustable gun stock
For the installation of the At-One stock, I will not bore you with the details of dis-assembling a regular ol’ Remington 870. We will just cover the actual installation of the stock we are reviewing here.
For starters, when it comes to the forearm, I would suggest hitting up Brownells for one of their forend wrenches to make life easier. You can always shade-tree mechanic something that will work like I did, but your homemade inventions will be prone to slipping and ruining parts. Thankfully, I am a “highly experienced tinkerer” and did not wreck my parts, but an actual forend wrench would be much better.
Next, moving on to the stock, the hex-head bit required to install the stock had a hard time catching or finding its way home. This made it slightly difficult to screw in, but once the hex head bit hit home you were fine. Also, there is not a lot of room for your knuckles to operate a bit driver. I would suggest using a socket set with the appropriate sized bit. This would make for a smoother and easier install.
The rest of the stock installation went perfectly. Once the forearm was on it was rigid and cycled fluidly. The stock once installed was firm and all the adjustment areas were easily movable as one would expect. My best suggestion is to simply have a socket set, appropriate bit set and a forend wrench handy when installing everything. Then, my 20 minute install time could have been cut in half to probably 10 minutes.
range time: remington 870 12 gauge factory stock
Full disclosure, my order-of-operations for this review was to actually pattern my shotgun at 100 yards with the factory stock, return home to switch out to the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock, and finally pattern it again at 100 yards. We always want to give people an understanding of installation before we begin shooting. So first up, how did my bare-bones Remington 870 12 Gauge fare for accuracy?
The ammunition I shot was some Remington Slugger High-Velocity Rifled Slugs. This is 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 7/8 Ounce Slugs with an estimated muzzle velocity of 1,800 FPS. It only made sense to use Remington slugs with a Remington gun; moreover, affordable shells for an economical shotgun.
After getting my shotgun zeroed from pulling it out of storage, I shot a few 3-shot groups to see what we were working with. Traditionally, I zero my shotgun at 50 yards because when I am hunting in MN I rarely shoot beyond that distance. So to push my workhorse out to 100 yards gave even me surprising results. As you can see below, it is very… disappointing… maybe.
The center orange dot cluster was my “bulls-eye” for 100 yards. It measured out to be 4 1/2″ and slightly low. A couple thoughts came through my mind that you might be having as well like: “Wow! That sucks! Is it bad ammo? Do Remingtons suck? Who let this writer out from his basement to shoot a gun?” I will attempt to defend all three of those elements here.
In my experience of shooting slugs my whole ripe life of 31 years, I have never had a bad range day with Remington slugs. They always go off, put down game and like I stated previously work great at 50 yards or less for my hunting stands. In defense of Remington and my tried-and-true 870, that too, I have never experienced any problems with. It cycles ammo from -30°F to 80°F and I have never lost a deer out in the field in 20 years of hunting. Finally, what about the schmuck pulling the trigger?… Well, I am not a 1/4 M.O.A. shooter at my gun clubs, but I fancy myself a great hunter and shoot pretty dang good before I start inhaling coffee in the morning.
Every deer season when I verify my zero on this shotgun, I typically get a group of 1 1/2″ – 2″ at 50 yards, and that gets venison in the freezer. Is there room for improvement? You bet! But in hindsight, I am not entirely surprised by how much my pattern opened up at 100 yards.
range time: boyd’s at-one adjustable gun stock
After a quick run home to switch out to the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock I was back at the range tenderizing my shoulder. For this 2nd range trip, I shot the same ammo and brought a little better target with. Within a few shells, I verified my zero from a few hours ago and started punching groups.
Spoiler alert! The Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock was immediately shooting tighter groups. I still shot three 3-shot groups to see if there would be any significant deviation. After all the smoke cleared and the shells fell to the ground, all three of the 3-shot groups were roughly the same. The best grouping was 2 1/4″ while the worst group was 3″ at 100 yards.
Overall, by simply switching out the stock of my Remington 870 to the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock I was able to cut my group size in half. That speaks volumes in my mind to the quality Boyd’s is presenting here.
final thoughts: boyd’s at-one adjustable gun stock
After installing the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock, shooting at the range and removing it a final time to restore my Remington 870 to its original configuration, I have some final thoughts. For one, I believe the accuracy speaks for itself. When a 12 Gauge slug leaves roughly a 0.75″ hole in paper it is hard to not be happy with 2 1/4″ groups at 100 yards. Especially when your factory stock has accuracy fluttering in the 4″ – 5″ range.
Another thing that I bring up with everything I review is the looks. With 11 different colors to pick from there is definitely a stock color that will trip your trigger and jazz up a beat up firearm you have. My Remington 870 was not neglected or anything reminiscent of being “battle worn” from use, but the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock still spiked the curb appeal quite a bit.
As far as the adjustable features on the cheek and buttpad, both were a little stiff which I would argue is a good thing. Through significant use it will only become more loose over time. I simply gave each of the metal support tubes a squirt of CLP oil and they moved in and out much more smoothly while still locking in firm.
Thinking back to the installation of the stock, having the right tool for the job makes everything go better. Whether we are talking about plumbing or installing a gun stock, be prepared with the right wrenches. Once again, our friends over at Brownells make a forend wrench perfect for this install. If you move forward and purchase one of Boyd’s stocks for an 870 I would highly recommend also buying Brownells’ wrench.
Once everything was installed, I found it very easy to establish a better cheek weld and shouldering position because of the adjustable capabilities of the stock. This improved handling and feel likely aided in the marked improvement in accuracy we saw.
Overall, at a total price-point of $207 for a more accurate, attractive and aesthetic stock, I believe Boyd’s has a great product out there for all of us. In closing, I would like to thank Boyd’s for letting TFB and myself romp around the range with one of their stocks. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to check out one of their products.
So what do you guys and gals think? Is the Boyd’s At-One Adjustable Gun Stock something you will be eyeing up in the near future? Or is this something you would pass on? Let us know in the comments below! We always appreciate your feedback. Thanks for reading!