No one has asked, but exactly what engine are we talking about?
For most, the "old distributor" is the best way. The gear must be removed and the top of the shaft "cut off" so it can be chucked in a drill. Chevys and some others rotate clock-wise, so any good 3/8" or bigger drill will do the job. Most eniges turn CCW, so a reversable drill is necessary. Anything over about 60 lbs. pressure will "like" a 1/2" drill much better. Certain engines REQUIRE a distributor housing or other bushing mechanism in order to properly transfer oil across the lifter galleries. Chevys and some V6s are this way. Others don't have the oil passage across the hole, but using a housing keeps the whole thing nicely centered. We have one with the teeth machined off the gear so it gets a good "bite" all around the oil pump drive (GM), and use the appropriate housing (Chevy, Pontiac, Buick; Olds is a "hex").
If you don't have a drill to do the job, a "speed handle" will do it, just not as quickly. One can easily "hand pump" 50 lbs.