Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

October 15, 2008 08:30 ET

Strongbow Assays Up to 118 g/t Au at the Shovelnose Property, BC

Trenching Returns 5.1 g/t Au Over 6.0 m

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2008) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) is pleased to provide an exploration update on its wholly owned Shovelnose gold property in southwestern British Columbia. The 2008 exploration program consisted of bedrock mapping, prospecting and mechanized trenching. Highlight results of this work include 5.1 g/t Au over 6.0 m from trench L6-XT-04 and a prospecting sample that has returned 118.6 g/t Au.

The Shovelnose property is located near the southern end of the Spences Bridge gold belt, approximately 175 km east of Vancouver and 30 km south of Merritt along the Coquihalla Highway, which crosses the northwestern corner of the property. Seven mechanized trenches were completed at the Line 6 and Mik gold showings to better expose mineralized vein systems identified in 2007. The showings are located approximately one kilometre apart and associated with broad gold in soil geochemical anomalies. Four of the trenches (120 total metres) were dug across a 210 m length of the Line 6 showing. The remaining trenches (79 total metres) tested three areas across a 150 m extent of the Mik showing. Continuous chip samples of exposed bedrock were collected over regular intervals within each trench. Additionally, separate chip samples were collected from mappable quartz veins in an effort to determine the tenor of mineralization within the veins. A summary of the results of this work is provided in the following table:

Trench Length Best composite Quartz vein chip samples
L6-XT-01 36m 2.0 m grading 17.0 g/t Au 0.84 to 4.30 g/t Au
(6 veins sampled)
L6-XT-02 39m 16.0 m grading 1.4 g/t Au 0.88 to 4.86 g/t Au
and 4.0 m grading 3.35 g/t (5 veins sampled)
L6-XT-03 20m 2.5 m grading 1.68 g/t Au 0.14 to 16.3 g/t Au
(10 veins sampled)
L6-XT-04 25m 6.0 m grading 5.1 g/t Au 0.02 to 46.6 g/t Au
(5 veins sampled)
MK-XT-01 41m 3.0 m grading 1.40 g/t Au 2.94 to 7.72 g/t Au
(4 veins sampled)
MK-XT-02 34m 2.0 m grading 1.45 g/t Au 22.2 g/t Au
(1 vein sampled)
MK-XT-03 4m No significant results No quartz veins exposed

Mineralization at both showings consists of south-southwest trending massive to colloform banded quartz veins and local vein breccia zones hosted within moderately to strongly altered felsic volcanic rocks. Individual quartz veins typically dip to the west at a shallow angle and range from less than 1 cm up to 14 cm in width. Vein breccia phases up to 60 cm wide have been observed at the Line 6 showing. Better mineralization is strongly controlled by the density of quartz veins and vein breccias within the volcanic host rock. Of 31 vein chip samples, 20 have returned in excess of 1 g/t gold. Silver to gold ratios are variable, ranging from less than 1 up to 10, but tend to be relatively consistent for veins exposed within a particular trench.

Prospecting of soil geochemical anomalies outside of the Mik and Line 6 showings has led to one significant discovery during the program. A float sample of a quartz veined and altered crystal lithic tuff collected approximately 500 m south of the Mik showing, has returned 118.6 g/t Au and 100 g/t Ag. Veining within this sample exhibits a weakly developed chalcedonic banding and contains trace, dark grey metallic sulphides.

Bedrock mapping has identified a distinctive felsic volcanic horizon that hosts all of the mineralized quartz veins identified to date. This variably crystal-lithic, felsic lapilli tuff is associated with a series of mapped and inferred north trending normal faults. These faults are interpreted as long lived structures representing potential conduits for gold and silver bearing fluids that have formed the quartz veins identified at surface. Future work on the property will focus on better defining these structural features as exploration drill targets.

Strongbow's 2008 exploration programs are conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo.(BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a qualified person under NI 43-101. A quality assurance/quality control program is in place, with the insertion of standard, blank and field duplicate samples into the sample stream. All samples from the field program were submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories of Vancouver, BC for analysis. All samples are analyzed by 36 element ICP-MS using aqua regia digestion. All samples that returned gold values greater than 100 ppb were re-analyzed using a standard fire assay technique on a 30 g sample split.


Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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