Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

October 31, 2007 08:45 ET

Strongbow Intersects 31.5 m Grading 1.04% Ni at Nickel King, NWT

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2007) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) is pleased to announce partial assay results for the first two holes from the summer drilling program at its 100% owned Nickel King property in the southern Northwest Territories. These new results include an intersection in drill hole NK07-12 grading 1.04% Ni over 31.50 m, including 4.35 m grading 1.72% Ni and 10.25 m grading 1.43% Ni.

Ken Armstrong, President and CEO of Strongbow stated "The initial assay results from drill hole NK07-12 include the most significant mineralized interval ever reported from the Nickel King property. These results confirm the use of borehole geophysics as an important tool in identifying higher grade zones within the Main Zone prospect. Strongbow's 2007 drilling programs have traced the Main Zone over a strike length in excess of 1,600 m and a number of untested borehole anomalies from this drilling represent priority targets for a winter 2008 program. Planning for the 2008 program is currently underway."

Drill holes NK07-11 and NK07-12 tested geophysical anomalies identified by borehole surveys of drill holes NK07-02 and NK07-01, respectively, during the Winter 2007 drilling program. Highlight drill results from holes NK07-11 and NK07-12 are reported in the following table:

DDH Angle Az. From To Length Ni Cu Co Comment
(m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (%)
NK07-11 -85 350 33.00 68.00 35.00 0.22 0.05 0.012 Upper Sill
161.40 175.55 14.15 0.85 0.18 0.037 Lower Sill
incl. 161.95 162.95 1.00 2.40 0.36 0.110 Lower Sill
and incl. 171.30 172.82 1.52 1.84 0.36 0.075 Lower Sill
188.75 204.10 15.35 0.56 0.14 0.028 Lower Sill
incl. 189.95 192.60 2.65 1.11 0.34 0.049 Lower Sill
NK07-12 -85 350 Assays Pending Upper Sill
128.00 159.50 31.50 1.04 0.17 0.045 Lower Sill
incl. 137.05 141.40 4.35 1.72 0.23 0.73 Lower Sill
146.74 157.00 10.25 1.43 0.19 0.60 Lower Sill

Drill hole NK07-11 was collared 40 m grid south of NK07-02 (53.75 m grading 0.50% Ni) and 191 m grid east of NK07-03 (17.05 m grading 0.53% Ni). The hole was drilled in a grid north direction and encountered nickel sulphide mineralization in both the upper and lower gabbro sills. Better nickel grades were returned from the lower sill including 14.15 m grading 0.85% Ni, 0.18% Cu and 0.037% Co and a 15.35 m section grading 0.56% Ni, 0.14% Cu and 0.028% Co. The former interval also includes the highest single assay result reported from the property to date in a 0.40 m interval grading 3.87% Ni, 0.51% Cu and 0.151% Co.

Drill hole NK07-12 was collared 45 m grid west of NK07-01 (29.4 m of 0.47% Ni) and 156 m along strike (grid east) of NK07-11. NK07-12 also encountered nickel sulphide mineralization in both the upper and lower gabbro sills. Assay results for the upper sill and a portion of the lower sill are pending, however, results have been received for the strongest mineralization in the lower sill, including 31.50 m grading 1.04% Ni, 0.17% Cu and 0.045% Co. This interval includes a 1.5 m section of barren drill core. Assays are pending for shoulder samples collected directly above and below the reported interval.

The higher grades encountered in NK07-11 and NK07-12 confirm the encouraging tenor of nickel mineralization within the Main Zone. As found in the spring drilling program, good nickel grades continue to be encountered in gabbroic rocks with relatively modest sulphide mineral contents. Nine individual samples from NK07-11 have returned assays greater than 1% Ni and these samples returned sulphur contents ranging from 4.1% S (1.03% Ni) to 10.0% S (3.87% Ni). Sulphur analyses are pending for NK07-12 but the nickel tenor of this significant intercept is expected to be very similar.

A summary of assay results received to date for the 2007 drilling can be found at

The remaining seven drill holes from the summer program were exploratory in nature and were intended to test the southeastern extension of the Main Zone (NK07-14 and NK07-15), as well as the Koona (NK07-13), Ring (NK07-16 and NK07-17), Kizan (NK07-18) and South Kizan (NK07-19) targets. Each of these holes encountered weak to moderate sulphide mineralization in gabbroic rocks. Results from these drill holes, as well as the remainder of NK07-12, are pending.

All samples from the drilling program were split with one half of the core submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories of Vancouver, BC for analysis. Each sample is weighed, dried and crushed to better than 70% passing a 2 mm screen. A split of up to 250g is taken and pulverized to better than 95% passing a 100 micron (150 mesh) screen. The prepared sample is subjected to a four acid digestion (0.25g using nitric, perchloric, hydrofluoric acids, and hydrochloric acid). The resulting solution is analyzed by inductively coupled plasma - emission spectrometry (ICP-ES). Samples that return nickel results greater than 5000 ppm are automatically re-analyzed using a larger sample size and laboratory inserted ore grade standards to provide optimum precision and accuracy. Strongbow conducts an internal quality assurance/quality control program, with the regular insertion of standard, blank and field duplicate samples into the sample stream.

Strongbow's 2007 exploration programs are conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo. (BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.


Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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