Boyds AT-ONE Adjustable Gun Stock Review

Boyds AT-ONE Adjustable Gun Stock Review Showcasing Versatility When we saw the Boyds AT-ONE rifle stock at SHOT Show 2017 a variety of build projects jumped to mind. Since it […]

Boyds AT-ONE Adjustable Gun Stock Review

Boyds AT-ONE SHOT Show 2017

Showcasing Versatility

When we saw the Boyds AT-ONE rifle stock at SHOT Show 2017 a variety of build projects jumped to mind. Since it is such a versatile stock, I offered Boyds that I would put an AT-ONE stock on one of my personal hunting rifles as a “budget hunting rifle upgrade” project. Boyds agreed this would be a cool project and sent a gorgeous AT-ONE stock for review.

From boring to Beautiful!

I chose the bargain basement, n0n-descript Remington 783 in .243 Winchester (see the full review here) as the Boyds AT-ONE stock upgrade recipient for a few reasons:

  • the .243 Win cartridge is great for deer, but has low recoil for younger, smaller shooters. So this rifle can be shot by a wide range of people
  • the Rem 783 is inexpensive, but shoots very well
  • the polymer stock that the 783 left the Remington factory with is serviceable, but on the small side

The other option we considered for this budget rifle upgrade is the Thompson Center Compass (full review). I actually prefer the Compass for the threaded muzzle which accepts a silencer. Hunting is SO much more enjoyable with a silencer.

*Scroll down for the Video review and LOTS of pictures.

Upgrading the stock stock

Boyds AT-ONE stock comb height adjustment

Cheek rest and comb height adjustment

Replacing the factory stock with a Boyds AT-ONE stock gave the following benefits:

  • LOP: Wide range of length of pull adjustment. The Remington stock had a short LOP of only 13 3/8″, which was good for the kids, but not for my 6’4″ frame.
  • Cheek rest: Added a comfortable rubber cheek pad.
  • Comb Height:  Cheek rest adjust vertically to make alignment with the scope easier.
  • Bipod mount: AT-ONE has an extra sling mount at the forend to attach a bipod. The Remington stock had no bipod mount option built in.
  • QD sling swivel: The quick disconnect fitting on either side of the stock can connect to a single point sling.
  • Customizable grip and handguard: The AT-ONE can be equipped with a thinner grip and handguard, or a wider, larger set for target shooting.
  • Looks: While I’ve never really thought much about the looks of my hunting rifles, the Boyds AT-ONE stock in Woodland Forest Camo Ripple pattern is simply stunning.
Boyds hardwood gunstocks AT-ONE stock review Remington 783

Joe shooting the Boyds AT-ONE Rem 783

Field testing results

Several of us at Gear Report have shot the Remington 783 with the new Boyds AT-ONE stock and we all agree that it has a variety of improvements over the factory polymer stock. It is a rather big deal to me that I can adjust the AT-ONE stock to fit my 12 year old daughter (5’4″ tall), me (6’4″ tall), or even my friend Daniel, who is over 7 feet tall.

I also really like the target forend and pistol grip inserts. The stock came with the standard, thin, hard plastic forend and pistol grips installed. Boyds also sent a set of the rubber over-molded forend and pistol grip that Boyds refers to as their Target grips. They are fantastic! I honestly didn’t like the feel of the standard grip and forend, as both were too angular for me. However, the rubber feel of the larger and more rounded target grip and forend feel great in my hands.

The “Bring It” push-button buttstock adjustment and comb height adjustment mechanisms work well and are actually more stable and solid than some other adjustable stocks I have used. 

Boyds Gunstocks AT-ONEun Stock review video

For more details on the AT-ONE stock, check out our video review.

Fit

Boyds sells the AT-ONE stock as a fully inletted, drop-in stock. This presents a major challenge for Boyds Gunstocks since there can be variations in the dimensions of the wide range of firearms their stocks can be bolted onto. For example, JJ reviewed the MDT LSS-22 chassis stock for Ruger 10/22 rifles as part of his 22lr Project Series… just to find out that MDT found enough variations in Ruger’s 10/22 receiver dimensions that precise fitting of the chassis was very problematic. So, MDT cancelled further production of the LSS-22 stock. Here is what Boyds website says about fit:

“Most factory At-One stocks can be pulled from the box and your firearm will insert with no need for fitting. However, due to variations in manufacturing, production processes and tolerances, some minor adjustments may be needed to achieve that perfect fit. Please consult a competent and qualified gunsmith if you need assistance.”

With that background, I tend to expect that a bit of minor tweaking may be required on any “drop-in” stock. In this case, I had to make two small adjustments to get the magazine latch to click into place easily.

  1. I noted that the two forward edges on the magazine floor plate interfered with the radius cuts in the mag well just aft of the mag catch. I trimmed about 0.02″ (that is 2 hundredths of an inch) off of the corners of the plastic magazine floor plate to eliminate the interference. I probably should have gotten a wood file and removed a bit of wood from the stock instead, but I didn’t feel like walking all the way to the garage to get a file. Trimming the points off of the corners of the mag floor plate plastic took about 2 passes with my Spyderco Native 5 pocket knife and I was done. Easy, peasy.
  2. I made a little shim from the clear plastic clamshell packaging for some ear plugs and put it under the aft section of the magazine catch, then reinstalled the action screw. The plastic measured 0.015″ on my digital calipers.

And that was it. Now the magazine clicks into place just as it did in the factory Remington stock. While I obviously would have preferred to have no adjustments, these little tweaks were well within what I think is an acceptable expectation. I have had to make similar adjustments to every “drop-in” stock I have installed, including polymer rifle stocks like the ATI and ProMag Archangel we installed for the Mosin Modernization Project.

Also noted in the video, the barrel didn’t sit perfectly in the center of the barrel channel. That has since been corrected and the it was installation error. You might think it would be easy to loosen the action screws, wiggle the action in the stock a bit to get it centered, then re-tighten. Unfortunately I was unable to loosen, wiggle and re-tighten the action screws. I swear I have allen wrenches coming out of the woodwork in my office… but Remington chose the one size that I don’t have for the action screws. When I installed the stock I had to borrow a 9/64″ allen wrench from Josejuan, but have since returned it to him. I ordered the appropriate allen wrench, loosened both action screws, centered the barrel, then re-tightened the action screws. Simple as that. Now the barrel sits in the center of the barrel channel. Boyds offered to send a new stock if I couldn’t get it centered. However, that won’t be necessary. This would not have been an issue if I had ordered the proper gunsmith tool set that I keep saying I’m going to order.

Finish

Unlike other Boyds stocks, the AT-ONE is only offered in their Satin finish. Satin is part way between flat and glossy. So, not too reflective for hunting, but still makes the wood grain “pop”. I found no drips, runs or finish application errors. You can see in the video the one tiny imperfection that I located, but it took some effort to find anything that wasn’t totally perfect. So far the finish has held up well, surviving a bit of rough handling with no damage.

Adjustments and options video

I don’t usually include manufacturer’s videos in our reviews, but this particular video does such a good job of showing the adjustment and upgrade options on the AT-ONE that I included it.

Gears Rating

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With the standard, thin forend and grips the AT-ONE didn't feel right to me. I'd give it a 3.5. However, after installing the Target grip and forend the AT-ONE felt nearly perfect in my hands. That feel combined with the massive range of easy adjustments, added features, and obscenely attractive appearance, Boyds earns a strong 4.5 Gears rating for the new AT-ONE stock.

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