Austin Gold Provides Update on Initial Drilling Program at Stockade Mountain Project

March 04, 2024 8:00 AM EST | Source: Austin Gold Corp.


  • AUST has completed the initial diamond drilling campaign at Stockade Mountain;

  • Three exploration holes totalling 2,435.9 feet (742.5 meters) were drilled this winter;

  • The third and last hole was drilled to a depth of 736.7 feet (224.5 meters);

  • Core has been sent to the assay lab for assaying;

  • AUST is looking at a reverse circulation ("RC") drilling program in the summer;

  • AUST is fully funded for the planned exploration programs discussed herein.

Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - March 4, 2024) - Austin Gold Corp. (NYSE American: AUST) ("Austin" or the "Company") announces that the Company has completed the third diamond drill hole at its Stockade Mountain Project located in Malheur County, Oregon. All core samples are at the assay laboratory and are in the process of being prepped and assayed, with results expected in four to six weeks.

The initial two holes confirmed that the mineralizing system at Stockade Mountain is robust and contains significant gold grades, with the strongest intercept of 8.19 g/t over 4 feet (1.2 meters) and several other gold intercepts of interest (see news release dated January 30, 2024 for details). The third and last hole was drilled to a depth of 736.7 feet (224.5 meters) with the three exploration holes totalling 2,435.9 feet (742.5 meters).

Stockade Mountain is a classic low-sulfidation/hot springs gold and silver exploration-stage project with a history of significant exploration work in the late 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, targeted mineralization was near-surface gold deposits minable by open pit methods. The last hole drilled at Stockade was in 1993 by Placer Dome, and until Austin's current drill program, no drilling had targeted high-grade veins minable by underground methods that are hypothesized to occur below the known lower grade stockworks mineralization.

The Company's drilling program was designed to test beneath the known high-level gold/silver-bearing stockworks mineralization for high-grade vein deposits formed deeper in the hydrothermal system. This is the first known use of diamond drilling on the property, which allows the Company to have a better understanding of the host rocks and mineralization. Due to extremely difficult ground conditions caused by mud and snow, this initial program has been limited to the completed three core holes.

The Stockade Mountain Project consists of 261 unpatented lode mining claims that cover an area of 6,790 acres, located in Malheur County, Oregon, approximately 85 kilometers southeast of Burns, Oregon, and 150 kilometers southwest of Boise, Idaho.

Austin is fully funded for all planned exploration programs. The Company continues to review other projects that may have exceptional discovery potential for economic gold/silver deposits.

Robert M. Hatch, the Qualified Person for Austin as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.

About Austin Gold Corp.

Austin is a gold exploration company focused on gold targets and making district-scale gold discoveries in the southwestern United States.

Austin has two projects in Nevada. The Kelly Creek Project is located on the Battle Mountain-Eureka (Cortez) gold trend in Humboldt County and the Lone Mountain Project is on the Independence-Jerritt Canyon gold trend in Elko County. Collectively, these Nevada properties comprise approximately 78.9 km2 of unpatented lode mining claims and private property. In Oregon, the Stockade Mountain Project consists of approximately 21.5 km2 of unpatented mining claims situated in a geological environment that appears the same as the nearby Grassy Mountain Deposit that is being permitted for underground mining.

For further information, please contact:

Darcy A. Higgs, Vice President, Business Development

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