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2023 Raffle information:  We are having two outstanding raffles this year.
1. A "Participation raffle".  You must purchase tickets for this raffle at a IBPF event.
2.  A " Collaborative Raffle"  The IBPF is collaborating with The Raccoon Valley Muzzleloaders to raffle an exquisite flintlock longriffle.

2023 Annual IBPF Board meeting will be:

Saturday, October 28th, 12:30 p.m.

Pleasant Hill Public Library

5151 Maple  Drive

Pleasant Hill, IA 50237

The 2023 Events Page is up and running. Mark your Calenders for next year.
12-24-2022 Message from the IBPF Board of  Directors
2023 Iowa Black Powder State Black Powder Events Schedule (See The Flyers on the Events Page)


Roger Eichelberger presenting Norma Holcomb her NMLRA 1 of 1000 Certificate purchased by the Ibpf to honor her service to the Iowa Black Powder Federation at the annual Board meeting.  Norma  wins the  Pistol Shoot  Match  August  2021.

Roger our President. Thinning the Herd at the Rifle Match August 2021           What to do when you only have a doe tag? (Inky)                                    

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


     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.