Pump action shotguns are great. They’re powerful, simple to use, reliable and relatively inexpensive. There are, however, some downsides to most entry level pump guns. Some of the same things that make those guns so inexpensive make them fit the shooter poorly and are generally unattractive.
Boyds Gunstocks is looking to improve both of those issues with their At-One adjustable stocks for popular pump action shotguns. I decided to give it a go on my dedicated turkey gun, the Remington 870 (Boyd’s also offers options for rifle stocks, too).
Installation should take you less than 30 minutes. Be advised, the instructions included are for installing the Boyds stock, not for the necessary disassembly of your shotgun. You’ll need a basic understanding of how your shotgun works and how to remove the butt stock and remove and disassemble the fore stock. If you don’t know, Youtube is your friend.
Once you have you have the butt stock and fore stock disassembled and removed, the installation of the Boyds At-One stock is pretty straightforward. There is only one challenging portion.
The installation instructions tell you to “use a 3/16 Allen wrench to tighten the butt stock to the adapter to approximately 45 to 50 inch-pounds…”. Good luck with that. If all you have is an Allen wrench, it needs to be quite long, and there’s no way to know inch-pounds.
I would highly recommend using a screwdriver with an Allen tip. You’ll find it much easier. If you have a driver that will tell you inch pounds of torque, that’s the only way you’ll know when you’re at 45 o 50 inch pounds. Otherwise, just tighten it until you can’t.
The overall fit of the At-One adjustable stock is ok. There’s a large and uniform gap between the adapter and the receiver. There is also a bit of a gap on the other side, where the adapter meets the butt stock itself, but this is far less noticeable.
Despite those gaps, the stock is quite solid. There’s no movement or wiggle in it at all. The butt pad sits wide on the shoulder and reduces felt recoil, especially since it can now be in the correct position for my head.
The laminated wood itself is nicely finished and looks great, as does the hardware, although the style is more suited to a rifle or slug gun than a bird gun. The bottom of the butt stock as well as the fore stock are both flatter than the originals and would fit well on a bag or in a deer stand.
The wrist is widened as well, and the Boyds At-One stock includes a larger, more pronounced palm swell.
Since my turkey gun has been rattle-canned, the stock sent for review doesn’t really match the color scheme, but you can choose from 12 different color options when ordering one for your gun. My sample would look much better on a stock shotgun, but I don’t have any of those.
The whole point of the At-One stock set is the ability to change is length of pull as well as the comb height. There is no adjustment for cast or for heel drop. With the push of a button the rear of the stock extends and locks in place. The same goes for the cheek piece.
Be a little careful here, as if you pull straight up on the adjustable comb, you can pull it right out. The button itself then can fall out. If you did this in the field, it would be pretty easy to lose that little black button.
If you’re someone who does everything with the same shotgun, the ability to change comb height is particularly nice. The At-One lets you quickly adjust your shotgun’s comb height to fit irons or a scope with ease.
Boyds At-One is filling a gap that a lot of people don’t know they have with the At-One stocks for pump action shotguns. If you have a synthetic stock on your pump gun, this will be a massive improvement in both feel and appearance. It will also help you easily get the right length of pull and adjust the comb height as well.
Overall * * * *
Installation was easy if you have a torque-measuring driver or just a long Allen wrench. The wood and the hardware are attractive, far more so than the synthetic stock many cheap guns come with. The ability to achieve a better fit with push-button ease will certainly reduce felt recoil and improve your overall performance with the gun. A point off for the receiver-to-adapter gap and the easy possibility of losing the hardware in the field.