Savage, if those are the choices.
Yes, i have a problem with the 22l and the sks.
Your local game warden will have many problems in AZ with the 22l and maybe the sks. I am not educated on the sks but I have never seen a trophy deer pic with the smiling hunter holding one.
Check local laws concerning caliber requirements. Go to the hunter's safety course. Practice practice practice with whatever rifle you choose.
Know your limitations on yardage. Know the regulations. Have fun.
Teach a kid to respect wildlife, then teach a kid to hunt and fish.