I don't know if it makes a difference or not, but if saving runner bean seeds I do what the old chaps in the village used to do. I identify several well-formed straight beans and tie a piece of coloured wool gently around the stalk of each one so I remember not to pick it, (and to make sure OH doesn't pick it either) and leave them to grow and ripen.
Then when the season is over, before I take the plants down I find the marked pods.
If they've dried well then the beans can be removed and put into a brown paper bag. After a few days indoors on a sunny windowsill the bag goes into an airtight tin until the spring.
If the bean pods haven't dried off properly I prefer to put the whole beanpods on the sunny windowsill until they're really dry.