Bore size does matter, but not in a way you'd imagine.
I've been playing around with my newly acquired .44 Magnum and I've noticed something about the catridges that at first seemed meaningless but the more I play with the thought of it the more I realize its significance.
These casings are very large. Not huge mind you, but large.
Now at first the thought of such a gigantic cartridge as a .44 Special that has the same energy as your average 9mm load seems like a bad thing. I mean after all it just seems like a waste of brass and space.
But the more I play with it, the more I realize how my short stubby fingers find easy purchase on these catridges. For contrast, I hate stuffing little .22's into my Rossi's cylinder. It's awkward and I am constantly dropping them.
That's one thing I've always hated is stuffing catridges into magazines, at least when it comes to handguns. Rifle catridges have never bothered me. I hate stuffing 17 cartridges into my P89's aftermarket magazine. It's uncomfortable and awkward even with a speed loader. Truthfully I have always liked revolvers better because one simply slides the catridges in with no damnable spring to overcome. Sliding A .38 Special into place is a much less refined motion.
A 38 Special however is a fairly large catridge, noticeably larger than a 9mm catridge. I think it's that extra length that I like so much, and the rim at the bottom, because these features make it easier to grab and pick up.
Could it be that my problem is that I simply need to shoot a cartridge that's easier to handle? It sounds really stupid but I'm having a much easier time with these larger catridges, and I realize now that I've always had trouble manipulating small objects.
And thinking about it some more, a larger cartridge means a larger hole in the cylinder to aim for when inserting a single round or a speedloader. It could also mean an easier time of loading it into a magazine. It means being able to find it when you do drop it. It means less fumbling around in general.
A strange reason to like a caliber I admit, but I'm now intrigued by this aspect of large bore calibers/catridges in general.