Hinterland starts drilling at Raney Gold Project, Ontario

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    VAL D'OR, QC, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - Hinterland Metals Inc. (TSXV:HMI) is
pleased to announce that a drill has been mobilized to the "Raney" gold
property located some 130km southwest of Timmins, Ontario. The property is
located in the Archean Swayze Greenstone Belt and is underlain by felsic to
intermediate volcanic and feldspar porphyry intrusive rocks. Two surface
showings have been identified to date. The first showing has returned grab
samples up to 8.6g/t Au from quartz veins and up to 1.0 g/t Au from altered
rock adjacent to the quartz veins. A single drill hole completed in 1999 by
the property vendor returned 3.4g/t Au over 6.8m. Re-sampling of this drill
intersection returned a similar result of 3.9g/t over 5.9m. The second showing
is found roughly 250m southwest of the first and is marked by strongly sheared
feldspar porphyry. Historical values up to 27g/t Au have been reported from
quartz veins at this showing but no significant gold values have been returned
from the adjacent altered, sheared wall rock. The drilling will test the
extension of the mineralization encountered by the 1999 drilling and will also
test the second showing. A number of induced polarization anomalies may also
be drilled.
    The analytical results stated in this press release were determined for
the property vendor at Swastika Laboratories Inc. ("Swastika") in Swastika,
Ontario by traditional fire assay, gravimetric technique. Swastika is not
accredited but it is independent, maintains an internal quality control
program and participates annually in CANMET round-robin proficiency testing.
Mark Fekete, P.Geo is the designated "qualified person" as defined in Section
1.2 in and for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the
preparation of this release.
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www.agoracom.com/IR/Hinterland where they can post questions and receive
answers or review questions and answers already posted by other investors.
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reflecting the Company's objectives, estimates and expectations for its
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involve risk and uncertainty. Consequently, results could differ materially
from the Company's projections or expectations.

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For further information: Mark Fekete, President, at Toll Free
1-877-874-8182, E-mail: info@hinterlandmetals.com, Website:

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