Far West Mining Ltd.
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Far West Mining Ltd.

October 05, 2005 17:57 ET

Far West Mining Ltd.: Continued Drilling in the Santo Domingo Sur Area Expands Zone Hosting Significant Copper-Gold Manto Style Mineralization

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 5, 2005) - Far West Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:FWM) is pleased to announce that continued drilling in the Santo Domingo Sur Area has expanded the mineralized zone discovered in the previous drilling campaign.

Candelaria Project / Chile 4a3 Target - Santo Domingo Area

Phase I Drilling Campaign (April 27 - May 30, 2005)

The results of the first phase of reverse circulation (RC) drilling carried out in the Santo Domingo Sur area reported in Far West's news release of July 21, 2005 are repeated for comparative purposes and for the benefit of those who have not previously viewed them.

Six of the seven holes placed in the area during the first drill program intersected significant IOCG mineralization. The combined mineralized intercepts in the six drill holes ranged from 134m of 0.66% Cu in hole 4a3-22 to 158m of 0.96% Cu in hole 4a3-41.

Hole 4a3-40 penetrated a different stratigraphic horizon and is separated from the others by a well defined NNW structure. The results from the Phase I drilling campaign are tabled below:



Mineralized Drill Intersections / 4a3 Target
Santo Domingo Sur Area
Phase 1 Drilling Campaign

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drill hole Angle From to interval grade
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Number (degrees) (metres) (metres) (metres) %Cu
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4a3-22 -60 14 70 56 0.81
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148 226 78 0.55
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4a3-37 -72 60 216 156 0.65
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4a3-38 -90 58 172 114 0.64
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218 244 26 0.70
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4a3-39 -90 50 70 20 0.74
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126 240 114 0.83
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4a3-41 -90 34 76 42 1.04
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102 194 92 0.89
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238 262 24 1.08
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4a3-42 -90 108 230 122 0.82
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Drill holes 4a3-37 and 4a3-38 are drilled from the same set-up.


Phase II Drilling Campaign (August 21- September 13, 2005)

On August 21st, the company launched the Phase II campaign to drill fifteen 300m (RC) holes, on a 100m grid to the north and east of the holes completed in the Phase I program, in an attempt to expand the mineralized area of interest. On September 14, during a drill move, the rig tilted on its side and was rendered inoperable (see September 16, 2005 news release). No drill was available to complete the program.

Of the eleven holes drilled, nine intersected significant manto style IOCG mineralization of variable grade and thickness. The four holes drilled to the north of the earlier drilling (43a-43, 44, 45 and 52(i)), intersected a single well mineralized manto that averaged 62m in thickness and 0.84% Cu in grade. The combined intercepts in the five holes drilled to the east are as follows: 4a3-46 (136m 1.04%Cu), 4a3-48 (198m 0.71% Cu), 4a3-50 (120m 0.71% Cu), 4a3-51 (126m 0.64% Cu) and 4a3-53 (176m 0.67% Cu). The results from the Phase II drilling campaign are tabled below:



Mineralized Drill Intersections / 4a3 Target
Santo Domingo Sur Area
Phase II Drilling Campaign

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drill hole angle from to interval grade
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Number (degrees) (metres) (metres) (metres) %Cu
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4a3-43 -90 154 238 84 0.70
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4a3-44 -90 130 192 62 0.90
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4a3-45 -90 154 200 46 0.92
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4a3-46 -90 58 128 70 1.23
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152 178 26 1.00
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220 260 40 0.72
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4a3-48 -90 78 144 66 0.76
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174 306 132 0.69
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4a3-50 -90 88 134 46 0.65
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170 244 74 0.75
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4a3-51 -90 56 78 22 0.55
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112 184 72 0.62
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240 272 32 0.74
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4a3-52(i) -90 144 200 56 0.91
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4a3-53 -90 44 88 44 0.80
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104 116 12 0.64
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130 166 36 0.51
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202 214 12 0.76
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240 250 10 0.64
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262 324 62 0.65
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(i) It should be noted that the well mineralized section in hole
4a3-52 was cut-off at 200m by a younger barren felsic dike, which
continued to the bottom of the hole (300m).


Although drill hole 4a3-47 was mineralized throughout, it failed to achieve economic grade over significant widths. It is important to point out that weakly mineralized sections occurring within an IOCG ore body are not an atypical feature. Drill hole 4a3-049, positioned in a covered area in close proximity to a limestone unit that borders the southern boundary of the mineralized area, encountered only barren calcareous sediments.

A map showing the location of all of the drill holes completed in the Santo Domingo Sur Area to date will be posted on the company website.

Conference Call Scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Management of Far West will host a conference call at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss the recent drilling results. To participate, call 1-877-888-3490, callers from the Toronto area can call 416-695-6622.

Sampling and Assaying Procedures

Reverse circulation drill cuttings were blown into a cyclone and collected at 2m intervals to the bottom of each hole regardless of lithology changes. The material from the cyclone was dumped directly into a riffle splitter with a bar separation of approximately 1cm. Both parts of the initial split were reintroduced to the splitter and divided a second time to ensure adequate mixing of the entire sample. Two subsequent re-splits resulted in the preparation of two 2-3kg representative samples reduced to one-eighth the volume of the original sample.

One sample was stored as a reference reject, and one sample was shipped to the ALS-Chemex laboratory at La Serena, Chile for analyses. Samples were subjected to aqua regia digestion and analysed for 27 elements using an induced coupled plasma (ICP) method.

Atomic absorption was used to determine copper values exceeding 10,000 ppm. Gold was analyzed by fire assay with atomic absorption finish using a 30g pulverized sample. A QAQC (quality assurance, quality control) program conducted by Far West consisted of the introduction of standard duplicate and blank samples, into the sample sequence at regular intervals.

The in-house qualified persons responsible for the Projects are Robert E. Hindson, P. Eng., Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of Far West, and J. Patricio Varas, P. Geo. Vice-President and a director of Far West, both of whom have reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.

Far West is an international mineral exploration company engaged in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and development of mining properties with current projects in Chile, Argentina and Australia in collaboration with its exploration strategic alliance partner BHP Billiton.

FAR WEST MINING LTD.

Robert E. Hindson, P.Eng., President and C.E.O.


The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Contact Information

  • Far West Mining Ltd.
    Robert Hindson
    President & C.E.O.
    (604) 602-9144
    or
    Far West Mining Ltd.
    Patricio Varas
    Vice President
    (604) 602-9144