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Updated 6-19-2020  Don Wheatly's Martini news page, Newsletter for early 2020. Flyers for the IBPF matches are now on the Events page. Beaver Creek has Canceled the 2020 NMLRA Territorial. The Beaver Creek Annual Shoot has been Canceled.  The IBPF shoots are being held the end of July and during August

Oscar Holcomb passed away today 3-22-2020

Don Wheatly passed away 4-2-2020, He had been ill for sometime.

The Raffle rifle drawning was held at the State Shotgun Shoot. The weather was beautiful, at least on Saturday when I shot.  The raffle rifle, a 1860 Colt Revolver, was won by Pete Sheets.

The Shotgun Shoot was held last weekend. On Friday and Saturday morning the weather was great.  

The Powder Horn news is no longer being published. We are working to a replacement for the Powder Horn News.  At the Board meeting it was suggested a quarterly flyer be published and be sent by e-mail or snail mail to each Member. Access to the Newsletters is through the Newsletter header at the top of this page.

How to Sponsor a Match at the ML Rifle State Shoot.

Iowa Black Powder 2020 Events


     The IBPF is a statewide organization interested in the promotion of safe shooting, rendezvous, and sharing in the history that is ours to remember and pass on to others.  Most of our members are located in Iowa, however we have many members who live outside of the state.  We believe in safety, family, friends, and the great outdoors.
Feel free to check out our site and by all means drop us a line.  We all enjoy our smoke poles, and are willing to share our experiances with you.  

Better yet, come join us at one of our events!  

The IBPF  has five yearly shooting events and a hawk and knife throw.

  • Table shoot and Chunk gun shoot is held in May at the Racoon Valley Muzzleloaders range near Jefferson, Iowa.  The Table shoot is shot from a rest and is scored like the Chunk Rifle matches.  Chunk is a traditional rifle competition and is also called an over-the-log shoot.  Shooters use a rifle with fixed sights and without a false muzzle to shoot ten shots on ten different paper targets.  Scores are reported in inches from the center of the target.  The lowest score wins.
  • State Pistol shoot is held in early August the Raccoon Valley Muzzleloaders club near Jefferson, Iowa. Muzzle loading pistols are shot at paper targets and the highest score wins.  Matches are held for Flintlock, percussion single shot or revolver.  We also have matches for two hand holds. Most matches are reentry.
  • State Muzzle loading Rifle shoot is held in the middle of August.  The location changes depending on where the host club is located.  There are matches for Flint, percussion, offhand, bench, cross sticks, rifles and smoothbores.  Most matches are reentry.
  • State Black powder Cartridge Shoot is held the end of August at the Pine Ridge Rifle Club in Steamboat Rock, Iowa.  Matches are held for pistols, single shot cartridge rifles, Lever action rifles, and military rifles, powder must be black powder or substitute such as Pyrodex or Triple Seven. The positions are offhand, bench, cross stick, or in the military rifle match any military position. Most matches are reentry so bring lots of amunition.
  • Hawk and Knife throw is held in early September in conjunction with the Smoky Ridge Muzzle loaders Labor Day rendezvous at Steamboat Rock, Iowa.
  • State Shot Gun shoot is held towards the end of September.  Shooters shoot both muzzle loaders and black powder cartridge shotguns.


Getting Ready for the Chunk Mattch.

Some of the 17 Shooters at the June 6th IBPF Chunk Match.